Archive for April, 2014

Vanguard

Vanguard

| April 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

In Designer Duds, Mills Baker talks about design that ignores people’s needs. And if our best designers, ensconced in their labs with world-class teams, cannot reliably produce successful products, we should admit to ourselves that perhaps so-called “design science” remains much less developed than computer science, and that we’d do well to stay humble despite […]

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Adaptive Placeholders

Adaptive Placeholders

| April 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

Danny King shares his approach and code for a design pattern he calls “adaptive placeholders” — form placeholder text that moves out of the way when the user begins entering their own text. Here’s what it looks like: Placeholders are a nice way to save space and achieve a neat visual appearance, but the advantage […]

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How I Used ActiveRecord#serialize with a Custom Data Type

How I Used ActiveRecord#serialize with a Custom Data Type

| April 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

In case you're unfamiliar, ActiveRecord#serialize is a method that allows an attribute to be saved in the database and later retrieved as an object. The common example given involves storing a user's preferences like so: # Serialize a preferences attribute. class User < ActiveRecord::Base serialize :preferences end user = User.new user.preferences = { send_spam: false, send_deals: true } user.save # […]

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Free Mockup Templates & Brand New Templates for Pro Users of Mockup Everything

Free Mockup Templates & Brand New Templates for Pro Users of Mockup Everything

| April 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

Well hello Mockup Everything fans! We meet again! Thanks for stopping by to check out this month’s Mockup Everything templates, bringing us up to 196 templates in total! This great news, combined with our now-active transparent background feature and the success of our ongoing Design Battle, has us all giddy. Free Templates! We’re feelin’ so happy that […]

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Infographics: Data meets Design

Infographics: Data meets Design

| April 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

They say knowledge is power, but how do we make knowledge powerful? Infographics, a technique we use to communicate information more quickly and clearly. It is where “data meets design” and both cooperates to convey a message through good visualization. In this motion graphic by  Column Five, they showed some of the visual techniques a designer […]

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: May 2014

Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: May 2014

| April 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one—desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been […]

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50 fantastic freebies for web designers, May 2014

50 fantastic freebies for web designers, May 2014

| April 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

The best thing about the Web is the number of awesome freebies that generous members of the community release. It’s mind-blowin’ how cool some of the free stuff that we can download is, from themes, to icons, to fonts. With this much available, you’ll be spoilt for choice, so every month we’ll bring you a […]

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PM Learnings: What is a Product Manager?

PM Learnings: What is a Product Manager?

| April 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

I’ve been a product manager for over a year now. I’d like to think I’ve learned a lot along the way. I want to document that journey to date and into the future. Issue 3 So, what is a product manager? matbalez wrote a good piece on that very subject. I especially liked this one […]

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Paper Textures Tutorial: Adding fake folds to your design in a jiffy with the folded paper texture packs

Paper Textures Tutorial: Adding fake folds to your design in a jiffy with the folded paper texture packs

| April 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Paper Textures are here! Hello Zine readers! Simon from Studio Ace of Spade here today. I just wanted to let you know that my folded paper texture packs, volume I and volume II are now available on the Arsenal! What’s in the packs? Glad you asked. Each pack contains a series of 12 textures each. […]

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The key to modern blog design: promote UX by retiring your sidebar

The key to modern blog design: promote UX by retiring your sidebar

| April 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Let us take a look at and discuss the often aesthetic bane of the blog design, sidebars. Sidebars have been with us for years, and it is sometimes hard to think of a blog design out there on the web without one. But they do exist. And they exist in style. Some may think that […]

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